Samsung forced to drop Galaxy Tab 7.7 from IFA

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 7.7 barely got a chance to warm the display stands at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin before the company yanked them from the show, following another ruling against the company by the regional court in Düsseldorf.

The latest anti-Samsung ruling to follow intense lobbying from Apple, which claims that Samsung's Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets infringes its own intellectual property rights by virtue of being too similar to the iPad and iPhone lines, was issued on Friday and sees the Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned from sale across Germany.

Despite the fact that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 isn't actually on sale just yet, Samsung has decided to show willing and remove the product from its IFA stand where it was previously demonstrating the device to visitors.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is Samsung's latest tablet design, building on its original seven-inch Galaxy Tab with a larger display featuring the same Super AMOLED Plus technology found in its Galaxy S II smartphone - a first for a tablet, the company claims - and a 1280x800 resolution which allows it to play back 720p HD video natively and downscale 1080p.

The impressively thin 7.89mm device with its brushed aluminium finish is a seriously tempting piece of kit, while the 1.4GHz dual-core ARM-based application processor is one of the fastest on the market. Sadly, visitors to IFA will have to settle for pre-released press shots of the device following its removal from the stand.

The ruling by the Düsseldorf court bans the sale of the device in Germany, but is not thought to affect the rest of Europe. The company's other IFA-launched device, the 5.3-inch smartphone-cum-tablet Galaxy Note, remains on display at Samsung's stand.